Here it is!  The full-length director’s cut of the trailer for Don’t You Forget About Me by little old moi.  


Young Mary Catherine: Hannah Frankmin

Young Tony: Paul Kingsbury

Music: “Preparation” by Turbo Retro,

Camera, Editing: Kelly Walker

Location: The Cottonwood House

Many thanks to the cast, crew and supporting friends, not to mention parents, who made this piece possible.

Oh… if you came here looking for the Amazon link to the exclusive Kindle-only release, check back in a few hours.

7 Quick Takes: Who loves cheap stuff?

C’mon…  Everybody else is doing 7 Quick Takes with Jennifer over at Conversion Diary

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 $1.99, are you out of your mind?  Want a cheap thrill?  Think of it as a bargain basement closeout sale!  Bring out the old to make room for the new!  As we count down the last days to the release of Don’t You Forget About Me, I’m practically giving away the PDF ebook of my 2006 novel, Jane_E, Friendless Orphan:  A Memoir.  

That’s right!  A sleepless, page-turning-button-clicking night of futuristic child slavery, bioterror, and unresolved sexual tension can be yours all for the low, low price of $1.99.


Don’t forget to take a look at the YouTube “teaser trailer” for Don’t You Forget About Me.  The “full length director’s cut” will be linked here in just a few short weeks.


A local news website posted an article about the upcoming release of Don’t You Forget About Me.  It focused heavily on the aspect of the scars left by childhood bullying. There is more to DYFAM, rest assured, but it’s still a topic worthy of attention.  Thank you, Parkesburg Today!


Enough about me.  Let’s talk about Murder in the Vatican.  

I am ashamed that it took me nearly two years to post a review on this wonderful book.  Ann Margaret Lewis turns out a charming, smoothly-written pastiche of the consulting detective’s otherwise unknown adventures, including those of the Vatican Cameos.  I admit, when encountering Sherlock Holmes stories in the past, my brain kinda went, “meh.”  So keep that in mind when I say that I enjoyed reading Murder in the Vatican more than I did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Gasp!  Horrors!  Don’t judge me.  I think what I liked the most about the author’s handling of these characters was the respectful interactions between the devout Catholics and the just as devout agnostics.  Nobody was slathering at the mouth to convert each other, which lent believability to the scenarios.  Thanks, Ann, for an engaging clutch of stories!


Aaaaand… back to me!  Anybody want me to visit your blog during the month of November, as I make a “virtual book tour” to spread the word about Don’t You Forget About Me?  I already have at least fifteen stops planned, including a meatless Friday during which we will attempt to make our own tomato pie.

Author Erin McCole Cupp distributing slices of Philadelphia-style tomato pie at the 2013 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show

Author Erin McCole Cupp distributing slices of Philadelphia-style tomato pie at the 2013 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show

I have a strong feeling I won’t be able to come close to Corropolese‘s.  I’m at peace with that.


Are you a dues-paying member of the Catholic Writers Guild?  If so, make sure you get on Facebook and ask for an invitation to our FB page.  Karina Fabian has really been rocking the house on that with a weekly schedule of activities to keep us on our toes, engaging with readers and with each other.


Speaking of the Guild, have you signed up for the retreat yet?


I can’t make the retreat this year, but I’ve put in two proposals for chats at the Catholic Writers Conference Online this coming March.  Perhaps we’ll meet there!  Before you dismiss the value of participating in an online conference, take note:  Full Quiver Publishing found me at the 2012 CWCO.  Who know what you’ll find–or who will find you–at the online conference?

Book Review: Bleeder

When I first learned of the Catholic Writers Guild at their booth at the CMN Trade Show two years ago, this book was the first to catch my eye.  We were strapped for cash, though, and have been so pretty much ever since.  Anyway, at this year’s conference, John DesJarlais was practically (practically) giving away Bleeder and Viper, so I quickly picked up both and let him know I’d been waiting two years to read these books.

I was not disappointed.

Bleeder is the story of an agnostic philosopher, damaged both mentally and physically, who stumbles into the path of a reportedly stigmatic priest, himself a philosopher, reportedly a healer as well.  When Father Ray dies during the Passion service on Good Friday, Reed, the main character, finds himself under suspicion of causing the priest’s death.  I can’t give away too much, but Bleeder was one of the most satisfying books I’ve read in a long time.  DesJarlais kept me guessing until almost the very end, teased me a bit along the way, but the payoff in the end was huge and well worth the read.  It was a fast read that I will probably go back and read again, just to get all those little things I may have overlooked on the first mad dash to get to the end.  It also scratched an itch I’d forgotten I had:  the story was replete with references to Aristotle, which made this old theatre major very happy.

If there were six stars, I’d give them to Bleeder.